Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital and the gateway to an epic adventure in Iceland. Although fairly small, Reykjavik is the biggest city in Iceland. During the winter months, between September and mid-April, visit Iceland to see the Northern Lights. Did you know that in the winter, Iceland gets as little as four hours of sunlight a day? Alternatively, in the summer, visit Iceland to experience the midnight sun. From May to August, Iceland can have as many as 21 hours of sunlight a day. So, don’t forget to bring your sunscreen.
Rent a car in Reykjavik to explore the city center, or venture out into the countryside. With a car rental, you can freely experience why Iceland is called “The Land of Fire and Ice”. After all, in Iceland, get up close and personal with volcanoes, glaciers, and natural hot springs. Easily drive around the island in as little as 13 hours or spend as many as ten days.
Although beer was banned in Iceland up until 1989, Reykjavik has a booming craft beer scene. Reykjavik has many breweries, microbreweries, beer gardens, and pubs serving locally produced and imported beers. Reykjavik also has a wealth of coffee shops and cafes. Each coffee shop has a unique atmosphere including vintage and art deco styles.
For gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, walk, jog, or bike the Sculpture & Shore Walk. This is one of the best places to admire Mount Esja, a volcanic mountain range. You can also marvel at the Solfar Sun Voyager, a steel dream boat that honors the sun.
For an epic day trip close to Reykjavik, hike or climb Mount Esja for incredible views of the capital. Since getting to Mount Esja takes less than 20 minutes by car, it is an easy day trip that you can enjoy all year round. Alternatively, you could ride up to Hveragerdi and take a bath in the hot river that flows naturally. From the parking lot, you can walk for twenty minutes until you reach the popular place. There are signs to guide you.
For a longer road trip, drive The Ring Road, an 800 mile route that loops around the island. Expect to see stunning rainbows and visit small villages, glacier lagoons, national parks, waterfalls, and fjords.
With a rental car, explore Reykjavik’s city center or explore Iceland’s many regions including East Iceland home to forests and fjords. The South Coast has stunning glaciers and waterfalls, and the Reykjanes Peninsula has an abundance of geothermal pools. With our low rates and wide selection of car classes at Orbitz, including compact cars and SUVs, you can hit the open road and enjoy the adventures that lie ahead stress-free. When you land in Iceland, you will find yourself a little outside of Reykjavik, at Keflavík International Airport. Grabbing your car keys at the airport will get you off to a good start.